Visitors to the expanded Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), which reopened May 6, will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in exhibits via enhanced technology and visualization tools--ranging from PDAs to portable 3-D devices to interactive displays.
Through a series of collaborations between the IMA, IUB and IUPUI, IU has affirmed its long-held commitment to expanding access to the arts and humanities for all Hoosier citizens.
In collaboration with the IMA, artists, scientists and researchers from IU Bloomington and IUPUI have developed and applied new technologies to support the reopening in ways that may revolutionize the museum patron experience.
This perfect marriage of discovery, innovation and creativity, which is essential in driving the state's high-tech economy, is also vital in supporting communities and improving the quality of life throughout all of Indiana.
Things to experience at IMA:
· etx: An interactive tabletop display of art collestions.
Multiple museum visitors can select pieces of art using small tracking devices to get more information on individual pieces and find the location of the piece in the museum.
· Cabinet of Dreams: A 3-D virtual environment.
Visitors can view IMA's Chinese art collection in a 3-D virtual environment via a portable display system developed by IU's Advanced Visualization Lab.
· ArtXplore: ADigital Museum Experience.
A Personal Digital Assistant or PDA (hand-held device) provides visitors with visual- and audio enriched, multimedia content on 16 objects from IMA's American Galleries, and is the first of its kind in the U.S.
· Computer-controlled exhibit space: Intelligent startup and shutdown.
This system provides a practical interface to remotely control computer systems used in exhibit spaces throughout the IMA.
· The John-e-Box: Accessible visualization and virtual reality.
The John-e-Box allows visitors to learn and experience scientific and artistic phenomena via a portable, large-format 3D display system.